You can't say you really visited Chengdu without eating in one of the most famous restaurants. Sichuan cuisine is one of the Eight Great Cuisines in China and is famous all over the world for its sophistication and diversity. Sichuan cuisine carefully balances color, smell, flavor, shape and nutrition. Its dishes not only look appealing, but is also nutritious and tasty...
It originates from Sichuan and Chongqing area and has three main characters: great color, fantastic smell and fabulous taste. The Sichuan food is represented by dishes such as: fish flavored fried pork slice 鱼香肉丝(yú xiāng ròu sī), twice cooked pork 回锅肉(huí guō ròu), Mapo Tofu 麻婆豆腐(Má pó dòu fǔ), spicy boiled fish 水煮鱼(shuǐ zhǔ yú), etc. Chengdu, as the capital of Sichuan, has become one of the most popular destinations among travelers around the world. People come to Sichuan not only to see, but also to eat!
- Long Chao Shou (龙抄手lóng chāo shǒu) -- This restaurant originates in the 40s of 20th century at Chunxi Road. It's one of the oldest restaurants in Chengdu and now it has many chain restaurants. Long Chao Shou is a kind of Sichuan style fast food restaurant. You can find all the famous Sichuan snacks: wonton, sweet noodles, zhong dumplings, Pork Lungs in Chili Sauce(夫妻肺片 fū qī fèi piàn), etc. During holidays, there are a large number of people come to eat in this restaurant and you have to wait for a long time to find place to sit. So, my suggestion is if you want to eat there and experience Sichuan eating culture, book a table in advance or just come to the restaurant earlier in the morning. Almost everyone who comes to Chengdu would eat something at Long Chao Shou.
- Shu Jiu Xiang Hot Pot (蜀九香火锅 shǔ jiǔ xiāng huǒ guō) -- What's the difference between Chongqing hot pot and Chengdu hot pot? Some Chinese would say it's because of different hotpot ingredients. That's right but you have to try it. Find your answer at Shu Jiu Xiang. It's one of the most famous typical hot pot chain in Sichuan.
The decoration inside the restaurant is beautiful and the arrangements of tables make you feel comfortable. Shu Jiu Xiang is famous for their nine-section pot, which means they divide the pot into nine sections because its convenient for people to find their favorite food. This hot pot restaurant serves very good ingredients, such as beef, fried pork and potato noodles.
- Old Mum's Rabbit head (老妈兔头lǎo mā tù tóu) -- Have you ever tried eating a rabbit head? I am sure this is not only in Sichuan. Located near Chengdu Airport, Old Mum's Rabbit head attracts more and more people across China. The spicy tasty rabbit head (it may sounds a little ghastly, but tastes really good.) was first made only for her son. It tastes so good that day after day people in this area all knew about her delicious rabbit head, then she decided to open a restaurant. Their specialty food: spicy rabbit head, mao cai (冒菜mào cài ), dumplings, etc.